Certificate for Module (Intermediate Study in Wines) (CEF) - HKU SPACE: Hospitality, Tourism & Events courses
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Certificate for Module (Intermediate Study in Wines)
證書(單元 : 葡萄酒中級鑑賞)

CEF Reimbursable Course

CEF Reimbursable Course

Course Code
HT006A
Application Code
1865-2498AW

Study mode
Part-time
Start Date
02 Jan 2021 (Sat)
Duration
30 hours
Language
English supplemented with Cantonese
Course Fee
HK$11,000 per programme inclusive of:
1.) Study Guide for WSET Level 1 Award in Wines in English
2.) Student study pack for WSET Level 2 Award in Wines in English
3.) about 58 Wines for tasting
4.) Test Fee for WSET Level 1 Award in Wines qualification
5.) Test Fee for WSET Level 2 Award in Wines qualification
6.) WSET certificates & pins
How to Apply
Deadline on 18 Dec 2020 (Fri)
Enquiries
2520 4607
28610278
Apply now if you are interested! Let's set Wine & Spirits as your new learning target in 2020!

This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund (CEF)*
此課程已列入持續進修基金 CEF 認可課程*

This programme is intended for people who have little or no prior knowledge of wines. It is suitable to those wine enthusiasts so that they can deepen and broaden their wine knowledge for social and leisure purpose; and those who wish to work with wines as part of a larger beverage portfolio in the retail, wholesale and hospitality sectors.

This programme is designed to provide a sound introduction to wines. Students will be introduced to the key stages in grape growing and winemaking, different types and styles of wines produced from internationally and regionally important grape varieties. Through a combination of tasting and theory, students will also learn how to interpret wine labels from the main wine-producing regions of the world, and provide basic guidance on appropriate selection and service, as well as understand the principles of wine tasting and evaluation.

This programme is very useful for those who wish to work with wines as part of a larger beverage portfolio in the retail, wholesale and hospitality sectors, since students will acquire the job skills and competencies to answer customer enquiries and provide recommendations for the storage and service of wine.

 

Why HKU SPACE?

  1. Students can taste about 58 samples of wines during the course of their studies, and they are systematically arranged by classroom session.
  2. Our wine courses are taught by qualified wine professionals who are also experienced in wine education.
  3. Our wine courses will be delivered by a single teacher throughout the entire course to ensure consistency in content and teaching style.
  4. All wines are carefully and impartially selected from different recognized wine suppliers to suit the genuine needs of the courses.
  5. All wines are tasted according to WSET requirements as benchmarks samples from around the world.
  6. Small class-size in all wine courses brings about better teaching and learning, and enhances teacher-student interaction.

what will you learn?

On completion of the programme, students should be able to:

  • describe the key stages in grape growing and winemaking;
  • assess the environmental influences and grape-growing options in the vineyard and how these will impact the style and quality of wine;
  • discuss how winemaking and bottle ageing influence the style and quality of wine;
  • illustrate how environmental influences, grape-growing options, winemaking and bottle ageing influence the style and quality of wines made from the principal grape varieties;
  • explain the style and quality of wines produced from regionally important black and white grape varieties;
  • discuss how the production process can influence the styles of sparkling and fortified wines; and
  • outline the key principles and processes involved in the storage and service of wine, and in the pairing of food and wine.

The programme consists of 30 face-to-face teaching hours, 3 hours in each session with wines tasting, and they are structured into 10 sessions with the following key topics. An additional session (1 hour) for Test 2 will usually be scheduled within two weeks after the last session.

 

Syllabus

1

Key stages in grape growing and winemaking

2

Types, characteristics and styles of wines from the principal grape varieties

3

Key principles and practices involved in the storage and service of wine

4

Food and wine pairing

5

Environmental influences and grape-growing options in the vineyard

6

Winemaking and bottle ageing

7

Factors affecting the style and quality of wines made from principal grape varieties

8

Style and quality of wines produced from regionally important black and white grape varieties

9

Impact of production process on the styles of sparkling and fortified wines

 

you will learn different types of grape varieties:

 

Grape Varieties

  Grape Varieties

1

Zinfandel 17 Riesling

2

Primitivo 18 Sémillon/Semillon

3

Chenin Blanc 19 Furmint

4

Pinot Noir

20 Sauvignon Blanc

5

Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris

21 Chardonnay

6

Gewurztraminer 22 Viognier

7

Merlot

23 Albariño

8

Pinotage

24 Syrah/Shiraz
9 Garganega 25 Cabernet Sauvignon
10 Fiano 26 Gamay

11

Nebbiolo

27 Grenache/Garnacha
12 Cortese 28 Tempranillo
13 Verdicchio 29 Carmenère
14 Barbera 30 Malbec
15 Sangiovese 31 Corvina
16 Montepulciano    
  • The programme covered red wines, white wines, sweet wines, rosé wines, sparkling wines and fortified wines.
  • 4-7 wine samples will be normally provided for tasting in each session

 

OUR WINE TUTORS

Mr. Chris So

Mr. Chris So

Chris has great passion in wine and has been teaching about wine for the past 10 years. To endeavor professional and highest wine knowledge, he is studying the Master of Wine (MW) Programme after gaining the WSET Level 4 Diploma. Chris passed the MW practical tasting papers on his first attempt in 2012 and is now on the final stage working on his MW Research Paper. Chris is also a WSET Certified Educator, a member of Greater China Wine Critics Association, an associate member of the Institute of Wines and Spirits (AIWS) and a judge member of The Hong Kong Wine Judges Association.

Chris is a judge for the “Decanter Asia Wine Awards", "Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition” and “Everyday Bordeaux”. To strengthen his wine knowledge, Chris has travelled extensively to all major wine regions around the world including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, Japan and China. Chris was awarded the "Outstanding Teacher Award of HKUSPACE College of Business & Finance 2018/19" for his teaching excellence.

 Mr. Raymond So

Mr. Raymond So

Mr Raymond So is engaged in the banking industry. He teaches wine studies as the pursuit of his ardent interest. He holds the Diploma in Wines and Spirits issued by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET). Mr So is currently an Associate of the Institute of Wine and Spirit and a WSET Certified Educator. He has over 10 years’ experience in wine tasting. He is experienced in leading tasting discussion for inspiring students to structurally step into the wide wine world. Mr So also loves to share his experience in picking appropriate wines for fitting the banquet need of business entertainment.

 Mr. Ron Taylor

Mr. Ron Taylor

Ron, born in Scotland and a resident of Hong Kong, has been studying wine & spirits for over 30 years and lecturing for at least 12 of those years.

A Certified Educator of the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), Associate of the Institute of Wine & Spirits (AIWS), a Certified Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers, Certified Wine Specialist and member of the Society of Wine Educators, Member of the Association of Wine Educators, Guild of Sommeliers and the Hong Kong Wine Society.

He has taught consumers, the F&B industry and staff of leading Hong Kong wine companies in both WSET courses and bespoke material.

Ms. Jennifer Luk

Passionate about wines, Jennifer has been working as wine event organiser and wine consultant and experienced in wine education.  Focused on innovation and experiential learning, she hosts Hong Kong’s only wine tasting in complete darkness - ‘Wine Tasting in the Dark’ - to bring completely new and unique experience to wine lovers and wine learners. 

Jennifer attained sommelier introductory certification from Court of Master Sommelier and Advanced Certificate from WSET. In 2010, she was awarded the WSET/Wine Australia Travel Scholarship, as the only representative from China, Hong Kong and Macau to attend master-class in Australia. She is also a freelance wine & travel columnist for various media corporations. In recent years, she has fallen in love with running marathon in wine regions - a special way to broaden her wine traveller experience.

 

Assessment and Awards

There are two pieces of assessments in this programme, Test 1 and Test 2, in Multiple Choice question formats. Setting and marking of the two Test papers are conducted by WSET.  

Students have to obtain ‘Pass’ on BOTH Test 1 (50%) and Test 2 (50%) for completion of this Certificate for Module programme. Upon successful completion of this programme, graduates will be awarded by HKU SPACE via the HKU system the Certificate for Module (Intermediate Study in Wines) (證書(單元 : 葡萄酒中級鑑賞)).  

Assessment Type and Weighting

Assessment Format and Duration

Pass Mark

Test 1 (50%)

30 Multiple Choice Questions (45 minutes)

70% and above
Test 2 (50%) 50 Multiple Choice Questions (60 minutes) 55% and above

Note: Students may apply to resit the Test if they are unsuccessful, subject to a fee.

In addition, graduates of this programme with a mark of 70% attained in Test 1 will be awarded by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) a WSET certificate ‘WSET Level 1 Award in Wines’ and lapel pin; Graduates of this programme with a mark of 55% attained in Test 2 will be awarded by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) a WSET certificate ‘WSET Level 2 Award in Wines’ and lapel pin. Graduates will also be able to use the associated WSET certified logo on their name cards.

 

HKU SPACE Wine Alumni Association (WAA)

alumni logo

Students are eligible to be a member of HKU SPACE Wine Alumni Association (WAA) after completion of the course. On a regular basis, the executive committee will post the latest updates and promotional materials on the availability of the seminars and events, discounts and offers on the WAA Website at http://www.hkuspacewaa.com and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/hkuspacewaa; Email will also be sent for information.

Membership fee is free to current students and alumni of all HKU SPACE wine programmes. Majority of WAA events are hosted by leading figures in the wine industry. All events are exclusive to members, and sometimes with their guests.

Future Events
  • Wine tastings
  • Wine dinners
  • Master classes
  • Wine seminars
  • Idea sharing programmes

 

Textbooks (included in the course fee) & Specification

Study Guide for WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

L1

Student study pack for WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

L2
Level 1 Award in Wines Programme Specification Spec
Level 2 Award in Wines Programme Specification Spec2

 

upcoming classes

Application Code

Date and Time

Tutor

(Medium of Instruction)

Test

Application Deadline

1865-2498AW

2, 9, 16, 30 January 2021;

6 February 2021

(Saturday)

 

10:00AM - 1:00PM;

2:30PM-5:30PM

Jennifer Luk

(Cantonese supplemented with English)

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines: 16 January 2021

 

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines: 27 February 2021

18 December 2020

 

  • The programme team reserves the right to change the above timetable if necessary.
  • All classes are subject to sufficient enrolment.

online application

Please click here to apply online.

Application Code 1865-2498AW -

Duration
  • 10 meeting(s)
  • 3 hours per meeting
Venue

classroom

Applicants shall be aged at least 18 years or above, and do not have any health problems that made them unfit for wine tasting.

Course Fee
  • HK$11,000 per programme inclusive of:
    1.) Study Guide for WSET Level 1 Award in Wines in English
    2.) Student study pack for WSET Level 2 Award in Wines in English
    3.) about 58 Wines for tasting
    4.) Test Fee for WSET Level 1 Award in Wines qualification
    5.) Test Fee for WSET Level 2 Award in Wines qualification
    6.) WSET certificates & pins
  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
CEF Courses
Certificate for Module (Intermediate Study in Wines)
證書(單元 : 葡萄酒中級鑑賞)
COURSE CODE 43C127662 FEES $11,000 ENQUIRY 2521-4607

Continuing Education Fund

This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund (CEF)*
此課程已列入持續進修基金 CEF 認可課程

For more details, please visit HKU SPACE website: https://hkuspace.hku.hk/cef/application-procedures

 

Continuing Education Fund Continuing Education Fund
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.

Certificate for Module (Intermediate Study in Wines)

  • This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [3])

HKU SPACE is one owset logof the Approved Programme Providers (APPs) of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), and this programme prepares students to attempt and complete TWO  WSET wines qualifications, namely ‘WSET Level 1 Award in Winesand WSET Level 2 Award in Wines’.  This programme fully adopts all the learning outcomes, curriculum, specification, educational materials including textbooks, workbook and PowerPoints designed and provided by WSET, so that students exactly know the examination requirements and assessment criteria.

The syllabus is structured in a way that allows progressive and systematic learning by students, with the first few sessions covering the qualification award of ‘WSET Level 1 Award in Wines’; and the remaining sessions are used to introduce a higher level wines qualification ‘WSET Level 2 Award in Wines’ in order to service the demand for more in-depth knowledge and understanding of wines.

Tasting is a vital part of the WSET qualifications. Students must make themselves familiar with the WSET level 1 and level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT). Our experienced teacher will base on the WSET recommended tasting samples and choose wines samples that are benchmark expressions of their grape variety and style. Students will have an opportunity to taste about 58 different grape varieties and styles of wines during the entire programme, such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and so on.

Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET)

WSET was founded in 1969 to provide high quality education and training in wines and spirits. Since then, WSET has grown into the foremost international body in the field of wines and spirits education, with a suite of sought-after qualifications.  WSET qualifications are recognised internationally and are now represented in over 70 countries through the world. WSET Awards is recognised as an awarding body by the English regulator for qualifications, examinations and assessments, Ofqual. It also operates a quality management system that complies with ISO 9001:2015, and is a member of the UK’s Federation of Awarding Bodies. For details regarding WSET, please visit http://www.wsetglobal.com/.

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Enrolment Method

Please click here to apply online.

Payment Method
1. Cash or EPS

Cash or EPS are accepted at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please write the programme title(s)  and the applicant’s name on the back of the cheque. You may either:

  • in person by submitting the payment, completed form(s), and required supporting documents to any of our enrolment centres; or
  • by mailing the above documents to any of our enrolment centres, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. 
3. VISA/MasterCard

Course applicants, who are holders of HKU SPACE Mastercard, can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses of HK$2,000 and over. For enquiries, please contact our enrolment centres.

4. Online payment

Online payment for short courses (first come, first served) and selected award-bearing programmes is available using PPS, VISA or Mastercard. Please refer to the Online Services page on the School website.

Notes

  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or Mastercard if the course is to start shortly.
  2. Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, cheque or online PPS will be reimbursed by a cheque; fees paid by credit card will be reimbursed to credit card account used for payment.
  3. In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme teams for details.
  4. Fees and places on courses are not transferrable. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  5. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment, receipt, or personal information sent by mail.
  6. For additional copies of receipts, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’ to any of our enrolment centres. Such copies will normally be issued at the end of a course.